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When Contagion Clasp enters the battlefield, put a -1/-1 counter on target creature.
, : Proliferate. (You choose any number of permanents and/or players with counters on them, then give each another counter of a kind already there.)
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Contagion Clasp Discussion
2 weeks ago
Personally I only run Contagion Clasp or the engine in decks where I'm abusing counters, there are much better ways you could be spending 4 mana, I've never gone after ulting daretti, I just abuse him for card draw and recycling artifacts. Know what works WAY better than Madcap Experiment? Indomitable Creativity targeting your own stuff haha, really helps set up your graveyard too in preparation for a key Scrap Mastery. I'd also look at Mindslaver
2 weeks ago
2 weeks ago
Okay, from what you told me I think I have some good suggestions for you.
What you'll want to try to find is cards with the proliferate mechanic for a counter-based deck. Atraxa, Praetors' Voice is a really good new one. One of the best is Contagion Engine, since it proliferates twice, and Contagion Clasp works as a mini-engine. Some that I included in my Atraxa deck are Steady Progress, Inexorable Tide, Thrummingbird, Viral Drake, and Tezzeret's Gambit. In case you didn't know, Loyalty counters on planeswalkers count for proliferate, so every time you proliferate you can add a counter to each planeswalker you coutnrol.
Also, for Super Friends Planeswalker decks, all of the Oaths can be very useful. In particular for your commander deck, I would consider Oath of Chandra, Oath of Gideon, Oath of Nissa, and Oath of Ajani, although Jace and Liliana's can be useful, too.
The best counter deck card is Doubling Season, but if you don't have the extra lung to sell to buy that card, Winding Constrictor, Hardened Scales, and potentially Primal Vigor are good, too. I also recommend Deepglow Skate.
Other than that, any of the Abzan cards that give abilities to creatures with +1/+1 counters like Tuskguard Captain, Abzan Falconer, Abzan Battle Priest, and Mer-Ek Nightblade will all be very useful.
2 weeks ago
Yeah, one note, is that if I suggest a card, it doesn't always mean run 4... Cranial Plating is a good example.. You'd want only 1-2 of those... and with your artifact creatures, I would recommend keeping one or two in there. Especially since you can run 2-4 of each Seat of the Synod and/or Vault of Whispers to increase your artifact base. I like Mick's suggestion of 1-2 Rogue's Passage too, as that can be a game winner for you.
I also really like mick's suggestion of Contagion Clasp. That can be a game winner for you if there is a creature board wipe. Contagion Engine is too expensive at 6CMC for my liking. 1-2 Whispersilk Cloak is a great suggestion as well. Typical infect decks are meant to be fast agro pump, but you are taking a different approach, so the unblockable and shroud given by whispersilk is a big help.
And as much as I hate it, mick is right that Counterspell is just better than false summoning, even if its BB. Its worth it in this case. Redirect is interesting, but limits you against creature spells, non-aura enchantments and other instant or sorceries without a target. I think counterspell is the best bet here.
IMO your mana will be fine without the Dismal Backwater, you'd be giving up speed for 1life and a little diversity... I'd say play test it without them, and if you are running into mana issues, try to add a couple in.
Hope this helps.
2 weeks ago
I would get rid of False Summoning for Counterspell, or maybe even better for this deck Redirect. Most likely your creatures will be the target of removal so the latter gives you a counter + creature removal.
You dont have enough artifacts to make cranial plating worth a slot. Maybe if you are running the artifact lands but instead I would put something like Whispersilk Cloak, or some other blue card that gives your creature shroud and unbrrrrockable. I would maybe replace them with Contagion Clasp or Contagion Engine, because once you get a poison counter on someone you can do your thing with those, should your creatures get hosed. I would replace brainstorm and ponder with Tezzeret's Gambit for the draw and proliferate.
Rogue's Passage is a cheap card that wouldnt hurt this deck with a couple thrown in. You could also use a couple more cheap dual lands. 4 duals isnt enough, even if you go with a few of those lifegainers that come into play tapped/ Dismal Backwater for instance. I dont care for icy blast especially since most of your creatures are not going to hit 4 power - would rather go with Ensnare that you cast on opponents turn.
hmm thats what i see so far anyways.
3 weeks ago
Plaxcaster Frogling? shroud for two mana?
Gyre Sage? for manas
Bloodspore Thrinax for the same thing as master biomancer
Fuel for the Cause, Steady Progress, Contagion Engine, Contagion Clasp, Viral Drake, Spread the Sickness, Grim Affliction. These are all proliferate cards, some are draw power, some removal, a counterspell and one infect. Proliferation is usually good in a proliferation deck. xD
Novijen, Heart of Progress gives free counters to creatures that came in this turn
1 month ago
To start, this deck has way too few lands. At least 23, maybe more depending on the average CMC after changes. This deck lacks a clear theme. This is just a suggestion, but I think a proliferate thallid theme would be fun. Bump up the number of "remove spore counters" creatures, and complete some of the playsets, then add cards like Contagion Clasp and Plaguemaw Beast to bump up the counters on your creatures. Triumph of the Hordes could be a quick way to finish off the game, and can generate value off of the proliferation, even if you only get a single counter on them
1 month ago
i'm no atraxa or even EDH master but before i went all-in infect, i was thinking adding in Winding Constrictor, Managorger Hydra, and Ridgescale Tusker for counters, Lifeblood Hydra for late-game card draw, Gyre Sage for ramp. any particular reason you took out Reyhan, Last of the Abzan? also Lux Cannon is repeatable removal, Contagion Clasp and Contagion Engine for more proliferate, Strionic Resonator doubles atraxa's trigger. Cyclonic Rift because blue. Grafted Exoskeleton on atraxa is decent for giving poison counters since she's hard to block. Phyrexian Swarmlord is an infect guy that demands an answer. i have a copy of ezuri i was thinking of slotting in but i'm on the fence about meren, if you add her, let me know how she works out!